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Environmental Studies & Sustainability Career Paths

Environmental studies and sustainability careers are part of a growing industry that meets the needs of an eco-conscious society. What you can do with an environmental studies degree varies from education to consulting, management and engineering. Career options span many fields, but share the goal of protecting Earth’s natural resources. The Department of Labor predicts that jobs in the environmental studies field will grow by 15% through 2022.

What's the Difference Between Environmental Science and Environmental Studies?

Environmental studies and environmental science are closely related disciplines, yet take distinct approaches to environmental issues. While environmental science provides scientific and quantitative analyses, environmental studies focuses on the social, political, economic, legal and other implications of environmental issues. It takes a high-level perspective to consider the complex interplay between policies, human behavior and the demands of industry and society. Environmental studies is a good major for students who desire a multidisciplinary toolkit with the ability to analyze, communicate and make decisions about environmental issues.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAJOR?

Jobs in the environmental studies field vary widely by setting. They may require field analysis, research, client visits, data collections or interactions with the public. While a large number of sustainability career paths exist in government agencies, sustainability major jobs are increasingly numerous in corporations. There is also a need for related work in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Graduates with a degree in environmental studies and sustainability have the flexibility to move into many industries where their skills are in demand.

The following are examples of jobs in the environmental studies field.

  • Sustainability consultants help businesses improve their sustainability practices and efficiency.
  • Urban planners develop infrastructure that contribute to the growth and sustainability of urban, suburban and rural communities.
  • Environmental consultants help companies comply with regulations and increase efficiency.
  • Environmental journalists cover environmental issues to increase awareness and public knowledge.
  • Recycling directors develop and manage recycling programs in compliance with community ordinances.
  • Environmental policy analysts present recommendations to government agencies and nonprofits based on research.
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) specialists build and maintain databases of geographic information for city planning, transportation, geology and more.
  • Nature educators work with schools, nature reserves and nonprofits to grow awareness of environmental topics.

While a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for many careers, some sustainability major jobs require additional specialization. Drexel offers environmental graduate programs that are both research and policy-based. Learn more about Drexel’s MS in Environmental PolicyMS in Environmental Science and PhD in Environmental Science.

Begin Your Journey Toward a Career in Sustainability & Environmental Studies

Graduates of Drexel’s BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability have gone on to careers at Tesla, the U.S. Forest Service, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and more. The Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science has a strong network of alumni who are willing to offer advice on co-op and job placements to current students.

Learn More About the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies & Sustainability

APPLY FOR A DEGREE IN Environmental Studies & Sustainability

Apply for a degree in Environmental Studies & Sustainability or visit campus to get firsthand information about a Drexel education. Contact us at bees@drexel.edu for more information.

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Please send inquiries to coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.


Undergraduate Advising

Laurie Zinberg, Academic Adviser, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences

Laurie Zinberg

Academic Adviser
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Susan Cole

Susan Cole

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